From 07.05. To 23.05.2009.
Bardem and Berlanga - Filmmakers on Barricades
Luis García Berlanga
Juan Antonio Bardem
An American delegation is about to visit the small Spanish village of Villar del Río in order to donate some financial aid. At first the villagers and their deaf mayor have no idea how to prepare for these guests but soon they begin to make big plans for a welcome party. It is then that all of the prejudices of Spanish people towards Americans and vice versa come to light.
There is an accident on a village road; a car has hit a bicyclist. Instead of helping the bicyclist, the driver and his passenger flee. Hoping to avoid uncomfortable questions and the possibility of their affair being discovered, María José and Juan choose to sacrifice the life of a stranger…
Isabel is a kind and sensitive old-maid who lives with her widowed mother. She has already given up on her dreams of ever getting married, but everything changes when she meets Juan, an attractive man who seems to like her. While her dreams of love emerge again, she does not realize that she is the object of a practical joke by Juan and his immature middle-aged friends.
Marquis Bradomín lives a leisurely and monotonous life until the women surrounding him inspire him to commit acts of greatness. First he falls in love with the wife of a Spanish nobleman. After that he falls for the lover of a Mexican dictator and then decides to join the Mexican revolution…
This is a critique of the bourgeois told through a story of two adulterers. While Bardem’s Death of a Cyclist begins with an accident caused by adulterers, this film begins with the death of the adulterers themselves. What were an older member of the elite and the young wife of a bank clerk doing alone in a car?
Vincent, a sensitive young man from Paris, travels to a friend’s house in a Spanish coastal town to find some peace. He soon meets Jenny, the owner of a local club with whom he has a relationship, and Pascal Regnier, an alcoholic with writer’s block who is spending his summer vacation there with his son Daniel.
A famous atomic physicist escapes from the world of science and finds peace in a small coastal town in Spain. In a new community where nobody knows him, he begins an anonymous life as a bum and soon ends up in jail. Luckily, in such a small picturesque town nobody thinks too much about the jail and the prisoners get to leave the jail whenever they need to.
The hero of this film is Plácido, a poor truck driver who tries to pay off the loan for his truck in time so it does not get repossessed. Even though he is unlucky and always broke, after taking part in a Christmastime humanitarian action his opinion of his problems changes.
Executioner Amadeo is about to retire. Since his profession is so peculiar he is worried about his replacement. His daughter Carmen has a different problem: as soon as men realize what her father does, they run away from her. A possible solution for both of them is José, an attractive young man who works as an undertaker.
A businessman from Catalonia decides to organize a weekend hunting party during which he hopes to attract investors for his new project. Since he does not have an estate where the hunt can take place he decides to rent the estate of an impoverished nobleman. On the weekend a group of elite aristocrats, members of the government and even dictators in exile and mighty priests arrive to the estate…
This comedy takes place in a jail in Valencia. There is a festive gathering of former prisoners, victims of the general Franco’s regime. The event is covered by the media. The ex-prisoners are now bankers, politicians, mafia, priests… and each of them has his own reason for attending.